Chemistry

As a Chemistry major at RWU, you can pursue either an American Chemical Society-approved B.S. or a B.A. in Chemistry or Environmental Chemistry. No matter which you choose, you’ll develop the laboratory, critical thinking and research skills to succeed in graduate school, medical school or a career in chemistry. Students can collaborate with faculty on research as early as their first year, presenting their research at chemistry meetings across the U.S.

The Chemistry Major

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Students may pursue the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts through the Department of Chemistry.
 
The Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS), emphasizes laboratory skills and independent research beyond that required of the Bachelor of Arts and is designed to prepare graduates for graduate school, medical school, and chemistry-related positions in business, government and industry.
All degrees in Chemistry are designed to stimulate analytical reasoning and encourage a discriminating approach to problem-solving. All degrees provide a working knowledge in chemistry and the skills to pursue careers in chemistry and related fields.

Degree Requirements

Majors must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. Chemistry majors must complete the following courses and sufficient electives to total at least 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.
MATH136Precalculus or above 
CHEM191, 192Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs 

and 24 credit hours of Chemistry courses at the 300 or 400 level.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (ACS-accredited):

CHEM191, 192Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs 
CHEM301, 302Organic Chemistry I and II and Labs 
CHEM311Analytical Chemistry and Lab 
CHEM312Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab 
CHEM320Inorganic Chemistry and Lab 
CHEM390Biochemistry and Lab 
CHEM391Chemical Thermodynamics and Lab 
CHEM392Quantum Chemistry and Lab 
CHEM421Advanced Chemistry Lab I 
CHEM450Research in the Chemical Sciences 
MATH213, 214Calculus I and II and Labs 
PHYS201, 202Physics I and II and Labs 

One or more courses selected from the following:

CHEM431Advanced Inorganic Chemistry 
CHEM432Advanced Organic Chemistry 
CHEM433Advanced Physical Chemistry 

The Major in Chemistry with an Environmental Concentration

This course of study expands the student’s knowledge of the environment and how best to live in it, particularly from a chemical point of view. Studies dealing with actual environmental problems in modern society provide students with the logical scientific framework and develop the intellectual power necessary for finding possible solutions and deciding upon the more desirable ones. Emphasis is on laboratory and field studies designed to develop the skills and techniques necessary for analyzing environmental problems. Students may pursue either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.
The Bachelor of Science in chemistry with an environmental concentration prepares students for positions in industry and governmental agencies. Employment opportunities include: state health departments, municipal sewage treatment plants, environmental protection agencies, Army Corps of Engineers, industrial consulting firms, and chemical industries.

Degree Requirements

Chemistry majors who elect the environmental concentration must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. Chemistry majors with the environmental concentration must successfully complete the following courses and sufficient electives to total at least 120 credits.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with an Environmental Concentration

MATH136Precalculus or above 
BIO103Biology I and Lab 
BIO104Biology II and Lab 
or   
NATSC204Principles of Oceanography 
CHEM191, 192Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs 
CHEM201, 202Environmental Chemistry I and II and Labs 

Select 16 credit hours from Chemistry courses at the 300 or 400 level

and/or

NATSC401Environmental Toxicology and Lab 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with an Environmental Concentration (ACS accredited)

CHEM191, 192Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs 
CHEM301, 302Organic Chemistry I and II and Labs 
CHEM311Analytical Chemistry and Lab 
CHEM312Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab 
CHEM320Inorganic Chemistry and Lab 
CHEM390Biochemistry and Lab 
CHEM391Chemical Thermodynamics and Lab 
CHEM392Quantum Chemistry and Lab 
CHEM421Advanced Chemistry Lab I 
CHEM434Advanced Environmental Chemistry 
CHEM450Research in the Chemical Sciences 
MATH213, 214Calculus I and II and Labs 
PHYS201, 202Principles of Physics I and II and Labs 

The Chemistry Minor

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Requirements for the Minor in Chemistry

CHEM191, 192Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs 
CHEM301, 302Organic Chemistry I and II and Labs 

and two of the following:

CHEM311Analytical Chemistry and Lab 
CHEM312Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab 
CHEM320Inorganic Chemistry and Lab 
CHEM390Biochemistry and Lab 
CHEM391Chemical Thermodynamics and Lab 
CHEM392Quantum Chemistry and Lab 

 

Requirements for the Minor in Environmental Chemistry

CHEM191, 192Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs 
CHEM201, 202Environmental Chemistry I and II and Labs 
CHEM311Analytical Chemistry and Lab 
CHEM312Instrumental Methods of Analysis and Lab 

 

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Elizabeth LeMasters, RWU Class of 2010 Chemistry

Although Roger Williams University is now more than 1,000 miles away, Elizabeth LeMasters knows that is where she began her journey to becoming an Association of Public Health Laboratories CDC Emerging Infectious Disease Fellow.

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